The plant employs about 1,000 people in Anoka. It was game day, and there were Viking hats, jerseys and sweatshirts everywhere I looked.
The Federal Cartridge Company has been in business in Anoka, MN, since 1922. Along with another plant in Lewiston, Idaho, Federal makes shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition, including some of the most innovative hunting loads in the industry.
Field & Stream Shotgun Editor Phil Bourjaily visited the Anoka factory in September with tour guide Tim Brandt and photographer Erika Gratz, giving him a behind-the-scenes look at the shotshell line where the shells begin as ground plastic, sheets of brass or steel, lead ignots and powder and are turned into finished shells by the thousands.
Here's a look at two of the shotshell lines at once: the premium line that loads Federal's Prairie Storm ammunition and the high-speed line that makes budget-priced Top Gun target loads.